Gennaro Gattuso has been suspended for four games by Uefa for headbutting the Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach, Joe Jordan, last week. The incident occurred at the end of Spurs' 1-0 win in San Siro, and the ban will rule the 33-year-old out of four Uefa club competition matches following the return leg at White Hart Lane, for which he was already suspended.
Tottenham travel to Blackpool tonight knowing that a win will send them third in the Premier League, but that they will have to do so without Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch forward has suffered a recurrence of a calf injury and Harry Redknapp admitted that his absence would be felt.
"Rafa did his calf again yesterday [Sunday] in training so he's struggling," conceded the Spurs manager. "He missed a couple of games, played in Milan, got through 70 minutes and then yesterday didn't feel good. It's a blow, he is a fantastic player. We need him but we can't get that run out of him. I'm hoping he will be back for Wolves [6 March]. He should be OK, it's not a tear."
Spurs will also be without Gareth Bale and Vedran Corluka this evening. The Welshman is returning from a back injury and, according to Redknapp, is "slowly improving". Corluka, however, "will be out for a while" after an injury inflicted by Mathieu Flamini in San Siro. Luka Modric may make his first start since January, but Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King are also out.
A win tonight would send Spurs third for the first time since 23 October. It is their first visit to Bloomfield Road since the 1991 FA Cup, which they won.Reuse content